MakerSpace. This is a term that I had never heard of until just a few weeks ago. MakerSpace is located in the corner of the library at Eureka Elementary School. Students are excused from their class for about 20 minutes and can visit this space in the library to complete a specific challenge. Last week, I volunteered to serve at MakerSpace and the students were challenged to build the tallest tower possible, using only pencils. The kids LOVED this challenge! The students were given just 15 minutes to build the tallest tower and to record the height. I was there to encourage the students, to help them measure the towers, and of course to repeatedly help them pick up hundreds of pencils after they "dismantled" their towers.
What surprised me most about this challenge was how each student or team approached the project. Some were very particular about using a specific colored pencil. Others were deliberate in the placement of the pencils; ensuring that the tower was built as straight as possible. Some built the towers very slowly. Others just grabbed pencils and began building as quickly as possible. The tallest tower was built by two 5th grade girls who worked together to build a tower that was nearly three feet tall! They worked quickly; their tower wasn't the straightest or limited to one color of pencil. Their goal was to simply build the tallest tower at MakerSpace that day. And they did!
In many ways, watching these students build these towers reminded me of what we, as disciples, are all called to build...God's Kingdom. The goal at MakerSpace was to make the tallest tower using pencils. The goal, or Mission, given to us by Jesus, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:20). This is the main reason that the Church exists; to make disciples. The church is unique in that it exists primarily for those who are not yet here. Jesus invites us to love and search for people who are not yet connected to God's Kingdom and His Church. Each of us have been called to co labor with Christ in this amazing ministry of making new disciples of Jesus Christ!
I noticed something remarkable about the two girls who built the tallest tower. They used all of the pencils on the MakerSpace table. When there were no more pencils, they found some more at a nearby desk. When those pencils were placed in the tower, they went to Ms. Kristen, the librarian, and asked her for more pencils. She found some more for them in the library. When those pencils were placed in the tower, they asked her for even more pencils. She went to several classrooms and came back with dozens of more pencils. All of this happened in 15 minutes. There was a sense of urgency. These girls literally turned the school upside down looking for pencils!
What if we approached seeking people and making disciples with the same intensity as these girls approached finding all of those pencils? How would that change our community? The families in our community? Us?
Grace and peace,
It's the last Wednesday of Jesus' life; 48 hours later he will be led to the cross. His time is short. So what does Jesus do on this last
Wednesday of his life? Mark 12:41 records that "Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury." Why would Jesus spend some of his last moments doing this? What was he looking for?
Join us on Sunday as we dive deeper into this text and consider how it speaks to us today. Pastor Tim will be preaching from Mark 12:41-44, a sermon titled "A Heart for Giving".
8:30 am and 9:45 am worship services
Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry meets at 9:45 am for children ages 3 years old through the fifth grade.
Childcare is available for children birth through 2 years old in our nursery during both worship service times on Sunday mornings
During October, our sermon series will explore what it looks like to live "A Life that Leads".
In order to lead, we must first follow Jesus. We will be considering some of the basic practices of the Christian faith and how they can transform us towards the likeness of Christ.
October 28, "A Heart for Giving" Pastor Tim preaching
During November, we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
November 4, "Better" Pastor Tim preaching
November 11, "Stronger" Jenny Babb preaching
November 18, "Greater" Pastor Tim preaching
November 25, "Under the Influence" Pastor Suzanne preaching
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
We are excited to announce our Christmas Eve Worship Service Schedule for
Monday, December 24th!
3:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our praise team
5:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our praise team
8:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our choir.
Registration now open for Confirmation 2019. If you have a youth in grades 6-12, and you would like to register them for Confirmation, you may do so at eurekaumc.org. Classes will begin in October and take place during the 9:45 service on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month. Confirmation will take place in April 2019. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
3rd Annual Craft Fair at Eureka UMC
Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9 am—3 pm
Proceeds support Mission Guatemala
Trunk or TREAT IS October 28!
Trunk or Treat, Sunday, October 28/3-5 pm at EUMC lower south parking lot.
Hayrides, Games, crafts, and CANDY! If you are able to volunteer to help, or host a trunk, please contact Jenny Babb at email@example.com. Thank you!
Clean out your closets- the fall rummage sale is coming November 1-3 and will be located in the church basement. Donations will be accepted beginning October 29th. Information on large item donation pickups will be shared shortly. Volunteering to help with sale during prep, clean up or during the actual sale is a great way to make money for your mission account. SIGN UP HERE. Please contact Amber Wood if you have questions-
firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-387-0300.
Holy Land Tour, December 2-11, 2019 plus optional tour to Petra, Jordan December 11-14.
Want to walk where Jesus walked? Want to see historical places of the Bible? Now is the time. EUMC is joining the Conference of United Methodist on a tour of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Join Group Leaders Pastor Tim and Sue Engsberg on this marvelous Holy Land Tour.
This trip is filling up quickly! We currently have 24 people registered for this trip! If you are interested in securing your spot or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Engsberg at email@example.com or 314/707-8733.